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Welcome to the Department of Psychology

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2022, where we are ranked 86th. 

16 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, including 8 in the world top 50 and two in the world top ten.  

We pride ourselves on being a collegiate and welcoming department, committed to success for all who work here. 

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Top 10 Psychology Departments in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022)
Top 10 in Graduate Prospects by The Times Good University Guide 2021
Top 150 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
Athena SWAN Silver Award winner in 2013 and retained in 2017, for promoting gender equality

Why study Psychology at Durham?

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Undergraduate Study

You will receive a genuinely research-led education. As well as learning the core principles of psychology, you will participate in research through seminars, conferences and research assistantship schemes. You will also have access to our world-leading clinical and experimental facilities, including motion capture, eye tracking and biophysical recording laboratories.

Postgraduate Study

We offer both taught postgraduate and postgraduate research degree programmes. Our MSc programmes provide students with core skills, ideal for continuing on to complete a PhD, taking a research position, or entering the workplace. Our postgraduate students are supervised by academics with expertise in their fields and have the opportunity to engage with the local vibrant research community.

Undergraduate

Find out more about our undergraduate courses

Postgraduate

Find out more about our postgraduate taught courses and research

What's new?

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  • Apes show similar interaction patterns to humans

    A new study led by experts from our Psychology Department has revealed that apes such as chimps and bonobos show striking similarities to humans in how they interact using signals.
    An ape scratching its nose
  • Ups and downs in mood may affect performance in ultramarathons

    Many long-distance runners will know how it feels for that little voice in your head to make you feel good one minute and terrible the next. Now a new study carried out with ultrarunners shows how beneficial it may be to try and keep your mood as stable as you can during a race as it could help to achieve a faster time. Of course, this is easier said than done.
    A woman running an ultra marathon
  • Does a mother’s stress and depression affect how her unborn baby moves?

    New research from our Psychology and Mathematical Sciences departments found that stress and/or depression during pregnancy, affects how much unborn babies touch and engage in the womb. This ultrasound study suggests that a mother’s stress and/or depression can influence the movement patterns of unborn babies reflecting their body awareness.

Ups and downs in mood may affect performance in ultramarathons

Many long-distance runners will know how it feels for that little voice in your head to make you feel good one minute and terrible the next. Now a new study carried out with ultrarunners shows how beneficial it may be to try and keep your mood as stable as you can during a race as it could help to achieve a faster time. Of course, this is easier said than done.
A woman running an ultra marathon

Does a mother’s stress and depression affect how her unborn baby moves?

New research from our Psychology and Mathematical Sciences departments found that stress and/or depression during pregnancy, affects how much unborn babies touch and engage in the womb. This ultrasound study suggests that a mother’s stress and/or depression can influence the movement patterns of unborn babies reflecting their body awareness.
  • March 2021 News Bulletin

    We’ve made it to the end of Epiphany Term! We know that Year 3s will be working furiously on their dissertations, and everyone will be revising for exams soon, but take a minute to congratulate yourself on all that you’ve accomplished during this unique academic year.
  • Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

    International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.
  • New RIOT Science Club seminars

    We now have a Durham RIOT Science Club, which is part of a RIOTS network supported by UKRN. This network organises talks and seminars to share Reproducible, Interpretable, Open & Transparent Science practices.
    RIOT Science Club Durham logo

Celebrating International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.

New RIOT Science Club seminars

We now have a Durham RIOT Science Club, which is part of a RIOTS network supported by UKRN. This network organises talks and seminars to share Reproducible, Interpretable, Open & Transparent Science practices.
RIOT Science Club Durham logo
  • Apes show similar interaction patterns to humans

    A new study led by experts from our Psychology Department has revealed that apes such as chimps and bonobos show striking similarities to humans in how they interact using signals.
    An ape scratching its nose
  • Ups and downs in mood may affect performance in ultramarathons

    Many long-distance runners will know how it feels for that little voice in your head to make you feel good one minute and terrible the next. Now a new study carried out with ultrarunners shows how beneficial it may be to try and keep your mood as stable as you can during a race as it could help to achieve a faster time. Of course, this is easier said than done.
    A woman running an ultra marathon
  • Helping People With Partial Blindness

    Award-winning research by psychologists at Durham University has led to the development of a new app to help with the rehabilitation of people with partial visual loss following brain injury.

Ups and downs in mood may affect performance in ultramarathons

Many long-distance runners will know how it feels for that little voice in your head to make you feel good one minute and terrible the next. Now a new study carried out with ultrarunners shows how beneficial it may be to try and keep your mood as stable as you can during a race as it could help to achieve a faster time. Of course, this is easier said than done.
A woman running an ultra marathon

Helping People With Partial Blindness

Award-winning research by psychologists at Durham University has led to the development of a new app to help with the rehabilitation of people with partial visual loss following brain injury.

Upcoming events

Professor Clare Press, Birkbeck, University of London

Friday 4 February 2022 - Friday 4 February 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
Research Seminar General

Dr Teresa Tavassoli, University of Reading

Thursday 10 February 2022 - Thursday 10 February 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
Research Seminar General

Dr Charlotte Bonardi, University of Nottingham

Friday 4 March 2022 - Friday 4 March 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online
Research Seminar General

Dr Maureen Craig, New York University

Friday 11 March 2022 - Friday 11 March 2022
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Online
Research Seminar General

Our facilities

One of our department highlights is the dedicated laboratory space with equipment linked to teaching on our programmes.

We have outstanding facilities for training in eye-movement recording, motion capture and psychophysics. 
Find out more about our facilities

Equality and Diversity

Our department has an "Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee (EDI)" which oversees EDI issues across the department. This committee addresses 5 core issues, namely Raising awareness and supporting members of staff in relation to all protected characteristics; Equality issues; Supporting Diversity and Inclusion; Supporting Wellbeing & the Athena Swan charter.
Find out more about our diversity initiatives
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Staff

At Durham we focus on you. We are energised teachers, who love our subject and want to share that passion with you.

'What I think makes Durham's Psychology course truly excellent is the contagious passion and excitement each of the staff have for Psychology.'

Liam
Level 1 
Find out more about our staff

Blogs and social media

See what our staff and students get up to during their time at Durham University.

Highlights

Being an international student studying at Durham University

Psychology student, Alan from Hong Kong tells us what it's like being an international student in Durham.
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Day in the life of a second-year Psychology student

Psychology student, Amelia takes us through her day-to-day life at Durham University.
Group of postgraduate students discussing their work in a seminar room

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about our courses and research. For current student enquiries please use "All other enquiries" button below

Department of Psychology

Durham University
South Road
Durham
DH1 3LE 


Phone: +44 (0) 191 334 3240  

Fax:  +44 (0) 191 334 3241

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